Caring for Kids…at Billings Clinic


Pokémon GO or STOP: Age-Appropriate Safety Tips for Parents

Little boy child playing mobile games on smartphone on the street

By: Elizabeth Murray, DO, MBA, FAAP The Pokémon GO craze is attracting attention from all ages, and some parents are asking their pediatrician whether or not is OK to let their children play the game. While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not have official guidelines on the game itself, the same rules your … continue reading

4 things to know about helmet safety

Father (20s) and son (4 years) riding bicycles.  Focus on boy.

“Oh you’re that over-protective parent.” Ok, maybe they don’t always say it, but when I bring up the importance of bike helmets the look on their face says it loud and clear. I’m a child of the 80s and my generation and those before wear it like a badge of honor that we rode in … continue reading

Melanoma on the rise in young people

Mother Applying Suntan Lotion on Son

Why is a pediatrician talking about melanoma?  Isn’t skin cancer an old people thing?  Unfortunately, that is not the case. Children can get melanoma and most of the sun damage leading to melanoma happens as teens and young adults.  A recent report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed that melanoma is up 250% … continue reading

32 dietitian approved foods for summer

Healthy Kids

It’s summer! We all know what that means: the days are longer, the weather’s beautiful, and the kids are out of school ready to play! Long days may have you reaching for the closest thing on the shelf when the kiddos come running at snack time. Plus, busy schedules and active kids often leave us … continue reading

Heart Month: Caring for kids with congenital heart disease


A visit to any specialist for your child can be scary.  Although most children are pretty healthy, sometimes a parent’s worst fears can come true and they will learn that their child has a complex and chronic disease, such as congenital heart disease.  Congenital heart disease simply means heart disease that your child was born … continue reading

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